After being on a fish diet for awhile, I’m going through some major tuna withdrawals. One of my favorite sushi places in Honolulu is Kona Kai. It’s this small hole-in-the-wall restaurant, but it has the freshest high-quality fish and interesting rolls.
I suggest going there and doing an omakase, which means you’ll leave it up to the chef. He’ll just provide plate after plate of melt-in-your-mouth goodness and exciting new flavors until you hold your hand up in surrender.
You have to get the baby calamari roll stuffed with crab, the grilled lobster tail, and just a big plate of sashimi and a few rolls. This is making me drool.
I may have discovered the next best thing since sliced bread. It’s called Sleep Cycle, and it’s an alarm clock app that wakes you up at the right cycle of your sleep so you don’t get dragged awake at the wrong time of your REM cycles and you feel all crappy in the morning. There’s a 30 min. window for it, and it uses the phone’s accelerometer to track your movements in bed. I never knew the iPhone was so sensitive, but it did nicely nudge me awake, and I was all refreshed in the morning.
It records the stats throughout the night, and it’s pretty accurate. I was really awake at 7-ish because I’m a light sleeper and loud noises wake me pretty easily.
Went to bed / woke up: 1:04 / 9:10
Total time: 8h 06m
My sleep graph for the entire night:
An awesome place in Hawaii is Hanauma Bay. It’s an amazing preserved place where you can snorkel your heart out. You have to pay for parking and admissions, but if you don’t feel comfortable about snorkeling in the wild, this is definitely the place for you.
It’s a great place for beginners, although I kind of freaked out a bit when I went there the first time. The welcome video that everyone is required to watch before they enter the premises strictly states that you’re not allowed to touch the reef. The surface of the water is pretty close to the reef, and the reef is so expansive, so I got scared about skimming the reefs while swimming around and having my tummy exposed to the holes in the reefs because there might be eels or reef sharks or something, you know.
But the sights are amazing, and there are tons of fish and maybe even a turtle or two if you’re lucky.
If you’ve never been to Hawaii, this is something to encourage you. I think about this weather all the time. The sun shines every day. Literally. It only rains for a few minutes to a few hours if it does, and then the sun is back. Hence, the Rainbow State.
I may have bought about $200 worth of jerseys last night. It could be because I really shouldn’t wield credit cards while surfing the internet late at night. Or it could be because I have been caught in this Jeremy Lin craze. But as an Asian-American, it’s kind of hard not to with the LINsation that’s sweeping this nation and Taiwan’s.
Jeremy Lin is just living his life as an Asian growing up in America, just like the rest of us. Despite whatever obstacles being Asian has had for him, especially being in the basketball world, he hasn’t let discourage him and now look where he is. He’s succeeding at something that he loves to do, and both Asians and Americans and most definitely Asian-Americans have absolutely fell in love with him, because he is excellent at what he does. At the end of the day, it’s really just about what he can bring to the table, and not really about what he looks like. He just happens to have a bigger fan base because of his background. That’s the inspiration for me. That and it’s nice to see my parents being interested in something so inherently American.
And it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a last name that can be worked into about 80% of the English words.